TLP postpones protest after agreement with govt

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has postponed its protest scheduled on February 16 after reaching an agreement with the government. Prime Minister Imran Khan had confirmed the agreement and said an official team is negotiating with TLP and the party’s demand

Govt announces 25% increase in salaries for federal employees

ISLAMABAD: The government has announced twenty five percent increase in the salaries of federal government employees on an “ad-hoc” basis, amid protests by hundreds of government employees. This was stated by Minister for Defense Pervez Khattak, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid

Punjab govt launches universal number plates

LAHORE: The Punjab government has announced to launch universal number plates across the province. According to a notification, the Punjab Excise Taxation and Narcotics Control Department has decided to issue number plates with the same serial numbers. “Vehicles in all

Sindh govt closes wedding halls, shrines, cinemas

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Saturday announced to close all wedding halls, shrines, parks, amusement centres and festivals across the province for three weeks. Briefing media about the decisions taken in Sindh Task Force meeting chaired by Chief Minister Murad

Coronavirus: Sindh govt establishes nine isolation centers

KARACHI: Sindh government has established nine isolation centers in various cities of the province as a preventive measure against the threat of the novel coronavirus.  According to the spokesman of Sindh government Murtaza Wahab, Isolation Centres have been established in

Petrol prices slashed by Rs5 per litre for March

ISLAMABAD: The government slashed the price of petrol by Rs5 per litre on Saturday as oil prices declined in the international market. According to the Ministry of Finance, petrol will now be sold for Rs111.60 per litre. The price of

Federal govt to make BISP beneficiaries name public

ISLAMABAD:  Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed on Wednesday to make public the name of 938 Sindh government officials who took benefits from the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) the social security program was to provide financial aid to the

Haji to pay Rs490,000 under govt programs in year 2020

ISLAMABAD: While inflation has hit every operation, it has also become more expensive to perform Haj this year, but the government claims it has reduced Haj expenditure to the maximum level in order to provide relief to the citizens. The

Modi govt plans $2.6 billion military deal ahead Trump’s visit

NEW DELHI: India is expected to give official approval to the American global defense and security company Lockheed Martin’s $2.6 billion deal for military planes ahead of President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit this month in February. The government of Prime

Bilawal criticizes PTI govt over cuts in higher education budget

KARACHI: On Sunday, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, criticized the PTI government’s significant cuts in the higher education budget forcing public-sector universities to take private-sector loans to manage their operations. Bilawal Bhutto figured out that

Punjab govt moves LHC against pre-arrest bail of PM’s nephew

LAHORE: On Saturday, the Punjab government turned the Lahore High Court against pre-arrest bail given to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew, Advocate Hassaan Niazi, and seven other lawyers in the assault case of Punjab Cardiology Institute (PIC). “The trial court

PTI govt behind wheat, sugar crisis: Shehbaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) called for a thorough check of the inventory and record of the mills owned by Jahangir Tareen and Khusro Bakhtiar, accusing that “powerful PTI government members are engaged in the exploitation of wheat

KP govt approves Rs90 billion for development projects

PESHAWAR: On Friday the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government has approved several important development projects worth Rs90 billion for different districts in the province. According to the details, the provincial government has set Rs70 billion for the Swat Motorway, which will

SC rules fake degree holders not fit for govt jobs

ISLAMABAD: The supreme court observed that people who hold fake degrees are not eligible for any jobs, and all following degrees are also fraudulent if the matriculation certificate is fake. A two-member Supreme Court bench led by Justice Umar Ata

Govt urges IMF to ease condition of increasing electricity tariffs

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has insisted on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to relieve the condition of an urgent rise in energy prices due to inflation already double-digit and adverse political conditions. An ever-expanding circular debt remains another vulnerable area in the

Federal govt plans to appease its unsatisfied allies

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has planned to make yet another attempt to appease its dissatisfied coalition partners by holding a fresh round of discussions to address their serious reservations about government’s performance, unemployment, inflation and non-use of development funds. The

Sindh govt declares public holiday on February 5 in province

KARACHI: Sindh Government has announced February 5 as a public holiday for all departments, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under its administrative control, with the exception of essential services, on occasion of the Kashmir Solidarity Day. A statement

Federal govt not letting us work properly, mayor Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: During the 46th Metropolitan Corporation meeting the Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz expressed concern that PTI’s federal government was not allowing it to work accordingly. The 46th meeting of the Metropolitan Corporation chaired by the Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz was held at the

Govt’s top priority is to provide employment to tribal youth: Firdous

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said Sunday that Prime Minister Imran Khan is making all-out efforts for the growth of tribal nationals and providing employment to youth in merged tribal areas is one

Govt plans to take action against all those behind flour crisis: Firdous

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Saturday that strong action will be taken against those engaged in the wheat flour crisis as a comprehensive briefing was given to Prime

Govt not planning to change BISP name, says Ali Muhammad

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan, stated on Friday that the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) is not being changed. While answering to the comment by Nafeesa Shah, leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), minister Ali

FIA begins inquiry against govt officials in BISP corruption case

ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) started an investigation into four government officials who were suspended from their positions in two phases to take advantage of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). The FIA headquarters sent officers ‘

Punjab govt asks Nawaz to submit medical report in three days

LAHORE: The Punjab government has demanded former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to provide the required medical reports within three days, adding that in the event of a failure to do so, the competent authority would decide whether to accept his

Sindh govt will not discuss with governor on IGP issue: Wahab

KARACHI: Spokesman for the Sindh Government Barrister Murtaza Wahab said on Wednesday that some opposition parties are exploiting the matter over the dismissal of Inspector General of the Sindh Police to their own benefit instead of following the Constitution in

Govt holds decision to appoint new IG Sindh amid allies’ concerns

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the federal cabinet postponed the appointment of a new Inspector-General Police (IGP) Sindh after the government’s allies raised “strong concerns” about the decision. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting, announced

Govt committed to overcome inflation in country: Sheikh Rasheed

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Railway Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed promised that inflation would be brought under control under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. While speaking to the media in Rawalpindi, the federal minister also dismissed speculations of any in-house-change

Indian SC gives BJP govt more time to explain citizenship act

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court rejected appeals on Wednesday to postpone the enforcement of new citizenship law, ruling that a five-judge constitutional bench was needed to hear all the legal challenges which critics said discriminate against Muslims. The Indian Supreme

Govt to curb undocumented flow of tax-evaded money: FBR chief

ISLAMABAD: During his first public appearance since returning from medical leave, Chairman of the Federal Revenue Board (FBR), Shabbar Zaidi, reiterated documentation reforms, saying that money whitening networks continued to prosper despite the efforts by the government to shut down

PTI govt has not proposed any name for IGP Sindh: Wahab

KARACHI: Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab on Tuesday has said that so far no names have been suggested by the federal government for the post of Inspector General Police Sindh. In his statement, Murtaza Wahab said that in the letter

Countrywide public pressure causes govt to hold gas tariff hike

ISLAMABAD: Due to political and public pressure on increasing wheat and sugar prices, the government refused a decision on Monday to raise the tariff on natural gas by 5-15% to avoid public backlash. A second session of the cabinet’s Economic